INDONESIA: Debate over 'halal' certification
Consumer groups and the government met on Wednesday to discuss a better system of Halal certification after the recent Ajinomoto taste enhancer controversy gripped the nation. Under the current system, products have to obtain a halal certificate, permitting Muslim consumption, through the Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI). But the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) has now argued that there should be an onus on producers to label their goods as being appropriate for Muslim consumption, a move that has been rejected by the MUI's Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Analysis Body (LPPOM MUI) who maintain that halal labelling is still the most appropriate measure.
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